Space Syntax Applied in Urban Practice

A. van Nes, Claudia Yamu

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In this chapter, we discuss the application of space syntax in consultancy for urban planning design and practice. First, we present the scientific challenges to tying general understandings and theories to urban planning and design practice. Some elementary principles for communicating results from research and theories to practitioners are demonstrated. We further explain the principles for successful master planning and the principles for designing vital and safe public realms related to the use of space syntax. This is followed by a discussion on how to avoid common errors when planning for vital neighbourhoods and cities. We present examples from practice where space syntax has played a major role. These include regenerating Trafalgar Square in London, evaluating various proposals for a new road link in the Dutch city of Leiden, developing strategies for the whole province of North Holland, and densification strategies in the Norwegian town of Bergen. In the conclusion, we discuss major pitfalls when applying space syntax to urban design and planning projects in practice. Exercises are provided at the end of the chapter.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntroduction to Space Syntax in Urban Studies
EditorsAkkelies van Nes, Claudia Yamu
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-59140-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-59139-7
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Urban planning and design practice
  • Option testing
  • Baseline studies
  • Vital and safe neighbourhoods and cities


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